Get to see Mickey and friends in Hawaii!
My family and I recently got a chance to ditch the cold New York City weather for a few days and jet off to Hawaii. We were invited to stay at Aulani a Disney Resort and Spa and take advantage of the sunshine, beaches, and all fantastic things the hotel has to offer. Who could resist?
I find it’s best to go in to these types of vacations super prepared. After all, the resort offers tons of ammenities, restaurants, and activites, and the best way to take advantage of it all is to know what your in for beforehand, espeically when there are kids involved. So, here are few things you should know before visiting the Aulani Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
Things to Do For Kids at Aulani
Aunty’s Beach House is the on-site kids’ club for children ages 3-12. It’s free and it’s so very Disney, so needless to say, your child will have an amazing time. There are games, crafts, and plenty of fun the theming that Disney is known for. There is also an amazing outdoors, shaded area with a playground set and lots of grass for running.
Definitely pre-register your kids before you arrive. It’s easy to do via the Aulani website and will make your first day at Aunty’s that much easier. There are also special events and activities for an added cost. These fill up quickly so it’s a good idea to register for these beforehand, as well.
The Daily ‘Iwa is the schedule of events for each day. You can look it up online or grab a copy each morning at the front desk. On it are the list of exercise classes provided by the spa (more on that below), activities for kids, and special events going on at the hotel that day. It’s great way to be in the know and not miss anything while you’re there.
Water Fun at Aulani
The beaches in Hawaii are notorious for their big waves and strong currents, but you don’t have to worry about that at Aulani. The beach, or rather lagoon at Aulani, is calm and shallow enough that my 2-year-old was able to play and have a great time. Another great amenity is that the hotel provides free beach toys and life jackets. All you have to do is provide your room number and you’re set. It was such a relief knowing that my kids would have toys to play with at the beach every day.
We also took advantage of the paddleboard rentals. The lagoon is so calm that I was able to paddle board with my 5-year-old sitting in front. It was such a great memory, not to mention a great work out.
Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa
92-1185 Aliinui Dr., Kapolei, Oahu